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45-year Baltimore City Department of Public Works employee dies after contracting coronavirus

A 45-year Baltimore City Department of Public Works employee died after contracting the coronavirus, the agency said Thursday.

Charles Johnson, a plant operations supervisor at the Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plant, tested positive for COVID-19 at the beginning of November, the agency said in a news release. He spent the past two weeks in an intensive care unit before dying.

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“I, along with the entire DPW family, extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mr. Johnson’s family and express our deep appreciation for his 45 years of service to the City of Baltimore,” DPW Director Matthew W. Garbark said in the release.

Baltimore City Council President and Mayor-elect Brandon M. Scott said in a separate news release that his “heart is heavy” with the loss of Johnson, whom he described as a “dedicated resident” and “servant of our city.”

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“The loss of Mr. Johnson is a reminder that this pandemic can hit us all. I cannot stress enough how imperative it is that we continue to follow the mandates put in place for our health and safety,” Scott said. “Protect yourself and those around you by wearing a mask, social distancing, and staying home when possible.”

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